Congestive heart failure...?
Topic: Congestive heart failure...?
June 16, 2019 / By Finola Question:
i'm wondering what this is, and i just seem to have all the symptoms for chs, but then again it could be something else...i haven't been able to sleep well for the past month and a half, i started out having a bloody mucus cough, and now it a dry cough, and the liquid/mucus is in my chest and my heart sometimes gets really slow or really really fast, and it's very painful, at night when i sleep my chest pain/heart pains get worse, and im very worried, i get extremely cold, espcially my hands and feet, they actually turn a purple color, i know you guys aren't doctors but if you could just give me advice that would be great.
Best Answers: Congestive heart failure...?
Cyndi | 1 day ago
I looked this up about congestive heart failure for you, I have had it many time. I am a severe heart patient.
Heart failure becomes more common with advancing age. You are also at increased risk for developing heart failure if you are overweight, have diabetes, smoke cigarettes, abuse alcohol, or use cocaine.
Symptoms Return to top
Swelling of feet and ankles
Swelling of the abdomen
Pronounced neck veins
Loss of appetite, indigestion
Nausea and vomiting
Shortness of breath with activity, or after lying down for a while
Fatigue, weakness, faintness
Sensation of feeling the heart beat (palpitations)
Irregular or rapid pulse
Decreased alertness or concentration
Decreased urine production
Need to urinate at night
Infants may sweat during feeding (or other exertion).
Some patients with heart failure have no symptoms. In these people, the symptoms may develop only with these conditions:
Infections with high fever
Abnormal heart rhythm (arrhythmias)
Exams and Tests Return to top
A physical examination may reveal either an irregular or a rapid heartbeat. There may be distended neck veins, enlarged liver, swelling of the limbs (peripheral edema), and signs of fluid around the lungs (pleural effusion).
Listening to the chest with a stethoscope may reveal lung crackles or abnormal heart sounds. Blood pressure may be normal, high, or low.
An enlargement of the heart or decreased heart functioning may be seen on several tests, including the following:
Chest CT scan
Nuclear heart scans (MUGA, RNV)
ECG, which may also show arrhythmias
This disease may also alter the following test results:
Liver function tests
Serum uric acid
Atrial natriuretic peptide (ANP) and brain natriuretic peptide (BNP)
Swan-Ganz measurements (right heart catheterization)
If excessive fluid has accumulated around the sac surrounding the heart (pericardium), you may need to have the fluid removed through a pericardiocentesis. =====
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Originally Answered: Could I have Congestive Heart Failure?
You forgot to state your age. If you gained 30 lb in one week the skin on you feet and calf should be splitting open and fluid would be leaking out. You would not be able to breath alone compose a question on a computer. Are you certain about your wt increase? Are you using any oxygen right now? What medications are you currently taking?How fast are you breathing and what is your heart rate?You are stating symptoms of both right and left sided congestive heart failure so I suggest you call 911 immediately, take care Donna
Congestive Heart Failure is caused by Cardiomegaly, which is an enlargement of the heart. You can have left or right ventricular failure or complete heart failure which affects both sides. CHF is caused by many things from living with years of high blood pressure to heart attacks or cardiac arrhythmias. Here is a list of symptoms associated with CHF. Weakness, cough, shortness of breath (SOB), SOB that increases with exertion or when you lie down. Chest heaviness (like someone is sitting on your chest), fast heart rate, high blood pressure, swelling in your legs or hands, JVD (jugular venous distention), rales (fluid in your lungs). These are the most common. Usually this is a progressive onset. You start off feeling weak and then you begin to develop the other symptoms and eventually after a week or two or three you have severe difficulty breathing and you would feel like you are dying. I hope this helped. If I had more information I could tell you more about your symptoms, check your pulse when you feel like it is going fast, if it is over 150 you may be having arrythmias that are causing your symptoms. Or if it is really slow, below 50, then that could explain it. You should go to your doctor if it worries you that much.
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I am so sorry to hear about your dog. In September 2006 I had a Dobie diagnosed with Cardiomyopathy (CHF). She was seen by our vet & a cardiologist. Had an EKG done and she also wore the Holter Monitor for 24 hours. She was put on meds and was doing fine till May 2007. For over a month her condition gradually went down hill, very little strength to even hold herself up to walk, and much difficulty breathing. On June 6 as bad as I hated it I made the decission to let her go the following day. It broke my heart to loose her, but I knew she fought her best and was getting very tired so we made our last trip to the vet . I can say at least I had those extra 9 months with her after she was diagnosed.
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I work on a cardiology ward of a hospital. The symptoms you are talking about are worrying. Please, go to your doctor as soon as possible, or if you don't have a doctor, report to the Emergency room. It could be CHF or it could be a heart arrythmia or angina. Please take this seriously and don't put this off. Your life could depend on your quick response to this problem.
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See a doctor .
This does not always help though .
Some doctors rely on their college degrees to diagnose peeps .
If having problems sleeping it could be your fat and that affects your sleep .Apnea is the word for it .
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Originally Answered: Anyone have experience with a dog with Congestive heart failure?
yes I had a 16 1/2 year old male Chihuahua that had congestive heart failure. he was diagnosed with this condition when he was 10 years old I had him on a senior dog formula dog food.his Vet told me to keep him on this and I could give him a treat ever now and than. she said she didn't mind if he gained a few pounds ( not a lot ) because Chihuahua's goes downhill fast when they get sick and she was right as he got older the more he became feeble the last 2 months of his life he was falling over , because he was so weak from lack of oxygen to his lungs . had severe trouble breathing would pass out , started to urinate in the house which he never did before but he never lost his appetite he was on medication but after a while it didn't seem to help so I had to make the horrible decision th have him put down . I held him in my arms and told him how much I loved him and how much I loved having him in my life for 16 1/2 years . he went to sleep very quietly and peaceful . enjoy the time you have left your best friend . hope this helps, your dog is in my prayers